A Trunk Call from Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton continues to celebrate its founder’s 200th birthday with an exhibition that pays tribute to the brand’s iconic trunk.

For some, a trunk is just a piece of luggage, but for French fashion house Louis Vuitton, the cuboid container is the embodiment of its founder’s artistic expressions, dreams, and desires. In the 1850s, Vuitton designed his first trunk, a flat-topped, stackable container covered in waterproof canvas that instantly became an icon among travelers.

Last year, to celebrate his bicentennial birthday, Louis Vuitton collaborated with 200 talented individuals and friends of the house to create 200 interpretations of its founder’s iconic trunk, transforming metaphorical blank canvases measuring 50 by 50 by 100 centimeters (about the dimensions of the original trunk) into an array of original, unique pieces that pay tribute to Vuitton. The results were unveiled at the Vuitton family home in Asnières, France, during a three-month exhibition titled “200 Trunks 200 Visionaries.” With that wrapped up, the show has now embarked on an international tour, with Singapore as its first stop.

As the name implies, 200 trunks are the highlight of the exhibition, featuring the creations of familiar names associated with sports, sciences, global causes, and arts and culture. The likes of HYPEBEAST, Kim Jones, Marc Jacobs, and Supreme contributed to the project, as did French Paralympic swimmer Théo Curin, Paris- based artist Justin Morin, and English stage designer Es Devlin. Representing the music industry are British DJ Benji B and South Korean boy group BTS. Even Danish toy company LEGO got involved.

Held at Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, the exhibition is housed in a custom-made structure boasting a façade clad with the brand’s signature Damier
or checkerboard motif. Seen from above, the roof features “Louis 200” in bold characters. Visitors start their experience in a LED-screen- paneled briefing room before entering the main space, where original art pieces are juxtaposed with “magic trunks” and a robot-trunk of Monsieur Louis himself. Before the circuit ends, guests enter an interactive space that features the trunk by BTS, with each of its sides showcasing the drawings of the seven-member pop group. The final stop is an audio speakeasy centered on a functioning 200-track jukebox trunk by Benji B. Before leaving, visitors can spend time in a lifestyle area to watch video interviews and browse books.

“200 Trunks 200 Visionaries: The Exhibition” is free of charge and open from 10 AM to 10 PM until April 27. Register for a visit at www. ap.louisvuitton.com.